Correction to yesterday’s article: Meghan Clement testified that it is not possible to determine when a hair was left at a crime scene, nor how it got there, unless one witnessed it.







ADA — Crime scene reconstructionist Tom Bevel said, “There are things a perpetrator might do after committing a crime to mislead investigators or throw suspicion away from himself, which are not required at all to perform the crime, or what is referred to as staging.” Bevel said staging was done after the murder of Debra Sue Carter that occurred Dec. 8, 1982, and that “There was obvious evidence of acts having taken place after asphyxiation,” the official cause of Carter’s death. “We have writing on the front and back of the body, on the wall and table, surfaces wiped down, broken glass from the window of the door, sofa cushions on the floor, and the body arranged. It’s not uncommon for the conduct to continue during the investigation,” he said.

In 1982, Danny Barrett was an Ada police officer, Wes Edens, an investigator for the district attorney’s office, and Jerry Peters, an OSBI agent. All worked on the investigation of the murder of Debra Sue Carter, as well as Tom Bevel, crime scene reconstructionist, forensic educator and consultant, who became involved with the case in 2000. Their testimony was given Thursday, in the retrial of Glen Gore, charged with first degree murder of Carter.

Tom Bevel, expert in blood stain pattern analysis and crime scene reconstruction, testified that it was his job to take the pieces each expert analyzed, determine the interrelationships, and offer an opinion about the sequence of events that took place. Sophisticated methods of doing that included studies of glass breakage, how clues were layered, such as items found below other objects, and staging.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Ross introduced a tape made of Glen Gore’s interview by Wes Edens in 1999. On the tape, Gore talked about his relationship with Debra Carter since school days. He said he had been “skinny dipping” with her and others, including her boyfriend and had been horseback riding with her in the past. Edens testified that Gore had been reluctant to answer his questions and had to ask him several times to be sure Gore understood he was asking if Gore had been intimate with Carter the night of her death. Gore admitted to being intimate with her within the last two or three months prior to her death, but would not admit to having sex with her that night. “She was a nice girl, I don’t want her to be dragged through the ringer,” Gore said.

Danny Barrett, detective, was sent to canvas the neighborhood the afternoon following Carter’s death, but finding no witnesses, had nothing to report. He interviewed people the next day who voluntarily came to the station, but did not record his questions to them, just their answers. He admitted he signed Gary Rogers name to the signature line at the bottom of his typed report of Gore’s interview.

Jerry Peters testified his role in the investigation included obtaining the finger and palm prints from the victim at the medical examiner’s office and when her body was exhumed in 1985. He said the latent print on Carter’s right leg revealed three fingers of a hand not gloved.

The prosecution expects to wrap up their witness testimony on Friday, with the defense anticipating another week for their witnesses to testify.

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